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Presence Health undertakes crash program to improve finances

Presence Health in Chicago is struggling financially and has undertaken a series of austerity measures to try and avoid default on its debt, the Chicago Tribune has reported.

NQF issues new guidance on federal healthcare quality measures

A partnership that aims to help the federal government select performance measures has issued recommendations on new quality measures for several federal healthcare programs, including the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Medicare Shared Savings Program.

3 tips to reduce patient wait times

When Maine-based medical practices looked at patient survey results to target areas of improvement, they saw wait times toward the top of the list, according to a story in the  Portland Press Herald. As a result of their efforts targeting delays, the state recently ranked third best in a national study of average wait times.

Exec pay raises eyebrows after Maine CO-OP's financial downswing

Salary increases for two senior executives who oversaw the implementation of Maine's once-burgeoning consumer operated and oriented plan are being scrutinized after the plan lost millions last year, leading to administrative cuts and premium hikes, according to the  Portland Press Herald.  

3 essentials for a well-run ER observation unit

More hospitals use observation units to improve patient flow within the emergency department, but there are several factors to consider before creating one at your facility, two physicians write in  MedPageToday.

Study: CABG prices vary widely among hospitals

Patients undergoing a coronary artery bypass graft procedure could pay vastly different sums for the operation depending on where they have the operation, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Highest paid surgeons bill Medicare for more services

Surgeons who are the highest paid by Medicare are billing for more services per beneficiary rather than treating more patients, according to a study published in  Surgery.

ACHE16: Healthcare leadership has its challenges but there is hope for the future

I'm still sorting through my notes from all the sessions I attended this week at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago. But as I reflect back on what I learned, what...

Hospital acquisition of doc practices improves care

When physician practices are acquired by hospitals, those practices become more adept at implementing care plans for chronically ill patients, according to a study published in the  American Journal of Managed Care. The trend is associated with the change in ownership, researchers said. 

Broward Health board votes to demote acting CEO

The board of Florida's Broward Health has voted to demote its interim CEO back to chief operating officer amid repeated complaints of an unproductive, disorganized atmosphere and lack of long-term physician contracts, according to the Sun Sentinel.